Rumored Specs Of iPad 5 And iPad Mini 2 (In Gold) Leak

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The iPad Mini 2 is rumored to come in the same colors as the new iPhone 5S, we have already seen a photo of the Space Gray version, and now it looks like we have some photos of the gold version of the iPad Mini 2.

Sonny Dickson, the Australian blogger who revealed most of the details about Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c before it was launched, has just revealed a ton of details and shared leaked photos of the next generation iPad mini.

Dickson also mentioned that, according to his sources, the iPad mini 2 would include Apple’s new A7 64-bit chip, the M7 motion coprocessor we’re seeing in the iPhone 5s, along with 1GB of RAM. As for the 9.7-inch iPad 5, Dickson’s sources revealed that it will pack 2GB of RAM under the hood, presumably sporting the same specs as little brother. He also claims that iPad mini 2 will come in Space Gray, Gold and Silver. The iPad mini 2 will also include Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which was introduced with the launch of iPhone 5s.

If Apple wants Touch ID to be taken seriously and gain mass appeal, it makes sense to have it on as many devices as possible. With that in mind, we’d say it was likely that the iPad 5 will get the same fingerprint scanner, although we can’t say for definite.

Rumor has it that Apple is hosting a media event on Oct 15, which likely will serve as the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 release date and Apple fans are crossing their fingers for the prayer to become real.

 

Apple Applies For iWatch Trademark In Japan

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As reported by Bloomberg, Apple recently applied for iWatch name ownership in Japan, a country where devices arrive in stream — and the filing reveals that Apple’s iWatch is categorized as “handheld computer or watch device.

The maker of iPhones is seeking protection for the name which is categorized as being for products including a handheld computer or watch device, according to a June 3 filing with the Japan Patent Office that was made public last week.

Apple has a team of about 100 product designers working on a wristwatch-like device that may perform some of the tasks now handled by the iPhone and iPad, two people familiar with the company’s plans said in February.

You may call it a “defensive move” against copycat manufacturers, but it also shows that Apple is looking to introduce its own wearable device to compete with the other big guns.

In May, speaking at an All Things Digital conference, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said the market for wearable computing is ripe for innovation, noting that the wrist was a natural place for such a device.

The Apple iWatch will likely include biometric sensors and applications such as mapping tools and ways to view information that comes via an iPhone or iPad.

As The Verge reports, the company has been known to trademark plausible names for future products, like 2009’s iSlate application, as well as ideas it’s more loosely tied to, such as 1988′s Knowledge Navigator.

Apple’s rivals are already offering their own version of smartwatch, including Sony, a maker of the Android-based devices.

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Facebook is experimenting with a lot of mobile-centric ideas, aiming to take the social network’s presence beyond just Facebook.  Although it has reportedly been in the works for well over a year, it appears as though Facebook is working on a news aggregating app.

Now according to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Facebook is developing a new tool that focuses on news consumption in order to re-shape its identity as a social network, like Twitter, that can compete in the news consumption space. The project, which is reportedly called “Reader,” would be a feature that runs on Apple’s iOS Devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

The social network has been quietly working on a service, internally called Reader, that displays content from Facebook users and publishers in a new visual format tailored for mobile devices, people with knowledge of the matter said.

The project, which the company has been developing for more than a year, is designed to showcase news content in particular. Recent versions of Reader resemble Flipboard Inc., a smartphone and tablet app that aggregates stories from multiple sources and lets users swipe to flip through articles, said the people with knowledge of the project.

While it’s unclear when Facebook will be ready to unveil the product, if it ever is, the Reader project is a sign the company is trying to get users to spend more time with it on mobile devices—and to see more ads.

Facebook is clearly making an initiative to be more than just a social network to share photos and statuses

iPad 5 coming next week? Gumdrop Cases is betting on it

Gumdrop is so confident Apple will introduce an iPad 5 on July 10 that it’s already manufactured cases for it.

Tim Hickman, founder and CEO of Gumdrop Cases, has made it a tradition to announce cases for major Apple products ahead of their launches. He’s currently batting 4 for 5, only whiffing badly in 2011 when another of his companies — Hard Candy Cases — released an iPhone 5 case in advance of the iPhone 4S launch and it didn’t fit. It wasn’t even close.

Now Hickman is stepping up to the plate again, trotting out new cases for the iPad 5, which he expects Apple to unveil at next week’s 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. Rumors and leaked images of a new “large” iPad with a trimmer design have been circulating for months, but the time frame for its launch remains up in the air. Initially, some Apple watchers thought the company would unveil the product at this year’s WWDC, but other reports had the launch being pushed to this fall.

If the rumors are accurate, the fifth-generation iPad will share the iPad Mini’s thinner bezel and weigh around 25 percent less than the iPad 4, which looks identical to the iPad 3 but has a faster processor.

Hickman wouldn’t say who his sources are, but he’s confident enough in them to start producing new cases for the iPad 5 and put them up for preorder. In fact, a press sample of the $59.99 Gumdrop Drop Tech is due to arrive later today, and we’ll update the post with new pictures once we get it. Gumdrop is also manufacturing the Gumdrop Bounce ($34.95) and Gumdrop Drop Tech Designer Series ($59.99). They’re scheduled to ship on June 10. (It’s worth noting that sometimes cases built on leaked specs don’t fit absolutely perfectly, but presumably Gumdrop will allow customers to return cases if they don’t fit perfectly.)

While I don’t know what Apple is going to introduce next week, I think he’s got a decent shot at being right. It would be logical for Apple to release the iPad 5 ahead of the iPad Mini Retina (or whatever it calls a Mini with a higher-resolution display), so the two products don’t compete with each other out of the gate. Apple is more likely to introduce the Mini Retina in the fall along with a next-generation iPhone — or iPhones.

Except for iOS 7 and quite possibly some updates to Apple’s computer lineup, it’s unclear what new Apple products we’ll see next week. But there’s one thing we can count on: if Apple does debut the iPad 5, we’ll see dozens of other iPad 5 cases introduced within hours of the launch.

You can bet the farm on that.